Hampton University is pleased to announce the Honorable John Charles Thomas, retired justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia, will serve as the University’s 144th Commencement speaker on May 11, 2014. Commencement will be held at Armstrong Stadium at 10 a.m.
In 1983, Thomas was appointed to theSupreme Court of Virginia, becoming the first African American and the youngest person of any race to sit there. In that role he ruled on thousands of appellate matters addressing the full range of Virginia law including contracts, torts, property, public utilities, trust and estates, and taxation. Thomas is currently a senior partner at Hunton & Williams in Richmond, Va.
Thomas is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Virginia, the Supreme Court of the United States, and the United States Courts of Appeal for the 4th, 6th, 9th, 10th, and 11th and D.C. Circuits. He is an AAA certified Mediator and Arbitrator and serves on the AAA Panel of Commercial Arbitrators as well as on the AAA Panel of International Arbitrators. Since June 2005 he has been a Judge of the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland.
A frequent speaker and lecturer across the country and around the world, Thomas has lectured at the Interim University Center in Dubrovnik, Croatia on "Enforcing Interim Arbitral Awards Under the New York Convention"; he has delivered the Constitutional Law lecture to the Firsties at the United States Military Academy at West Point; and he has delivered the "First-Day, First Year" lectures at the University of Virginia School of Law and the College of William & Mary School of Law since 1990.
For more information about the Hampton University Commencement Exercises, please visit commencement.hamptonu.edu.